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Old 03-05-2005, 08:14 PM   #11
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I recycle the clear plastic zipper bags that blankets, comforters and other linens come in and use them for yarn so I can see what's in them. The only problem with this is I also use the bags for my linens, so I may have to actually buy some more of these bags.

I also bought a set of large clear plastic storage boxes for yarn and fabric and crafts. I really like being able to see at a glance what's in them without opening and having to dig through.

My needles are in a back pack that I won, but I'm trying to figure out something better. I'm having a hard time throwing away the plastic envelopes they came in. I also saved the first swatch I knit and corralled some of the single points in that.

My current projects are in one of two fabric lined baskets I got from Trader Joe's and I also have a large pottery bowl on the coffee table for yarn balls and currently used needles.

I am trying to use a binder for patterns, but I think I may just revert to using the filing cabinet, since I have so many things printed out.

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Old 03-05-2005, 08:52 PM   #12
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I put my patterns in a binder as I try them. They are also on the computer. I am going to put them on cd when I have enough that I have tried and enjoyed. Has anyone tried pvc pipe for a needle holder for straight needles? I may try that this week.
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Old 03-06-2005, 01:21 PM   #13
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For yarn storage, I use this.

I plan on getting more storage solutions of this type (like shelves with doors and a drawer system) to hold patterns and needles/hooks. The shoe thing works great for stuffing yarn into, but I still find myself with bags of yarn lying around...
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Old 03-07-2005, 12:50 AM   #14
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Congrats on finishing your first project, Loof!

Here's an earlier thread that turned into a discussion on organizing yarn. I put up pictures of my storage system.

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Old 03-07-2005, 01:22 AM   #15
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Right now my yarn is in various plastic totes, with some in garbage bags! LOL! ALL my magazines are stacked in a pile. Most of my books are packed up (yucky!) and anything I print off or save, goes in a file folder in our filing cabinent!
If it were up to me, I would have an entire room devoted to ALL my craft things! I would have some lovely nice wooden shelving units, with cabinents at the bottom and shelves on top. There would be lovely wicker baskets on the shelves mixed with books, maybe to hold current/started projects. Then I would have the big plastic totes hidden in the lower cabinent part. I would also then have something like an armoir ... in there all my fabric for sewing would be neatly hanging (of course all pre-washed and ironed). There would be 2 rods for hanging. Near the bottom would be shelves with baskets and whatnots to hold all my sewing notions. There would be another cabinent to hold other crafting supplies, also all beautiful and nice. This room would also have a nice chair to sit and knit/cross-stitch/whatever in. A small (but not too small) tv with dvd player. There would also be a radio w/ cd player. Of course, there would be my sewing machine, a cutting table, a serger machine and an embroidery machine and a separate work table for all my scrapbooking things (so I wouldn't have to keep pulling things out and packing them up). Under the scrapbooking table would be some drawer organizers to hold paper, stickers, extra pages, my photo organizer, and all other embellisments. And I can be ready to draw it all oout with correct measurements in a heartbeat!
Of course, out of all the things listed, all I currently own is one regular sewing machine and a bunch of mismatched plastic totes and cardboard boxes full of things!!! But, I'm a dreamer what can I say! Maybe someday ....
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Old 03-07-2005, 08:40 AM   #16
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Now I have a lot of good ideas.
Thanks everyone,
A lot of really good ideas here.
I think what I am going to do is go upstairs and prepare to clean out all the junk that is currently there. Then I will bring in storage boxes, a small filing cabinet, and some comfy chairs to begin creating a great knitting/craft environment.
I will take a few pics along the way and update this thread for anyone who is interested in seeing what kind of space I can create!

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Old 03-07-2005, 08:46 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by amy
Congrats on finishing your first project, Loof!

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Thanks, Amy.

I finished knitting my first prayer shawl Friday night and everyone loves it!
It is going to be given to a man at my church who just found out his cancer has returned.
I have a little fringe to do yet but it will be ready for him next Sunday morning when I see him again.
I started my next shawl Saturday morning and can already tell that this one won't take nearly as long as the first :D
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Can't wait to see your space you create!


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